Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: July 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
A love of fashion.
A couture competition.
A once-in-a-lifetime chance . . .
Angel Moncoeur has always wanted to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it's going to be a challenge. When an opportunity to leave her home in New York and head to Paris appears, Angel grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friend Lily. That can't be too hard, can it?
But faking things doesn't come easy for Angel, so when she falls in love with her very own Prince Charming and he thinks she's someone else, things start to get complicated.
Angel needs to stop her secrets unravelling if she wants to live happily ever after . . .
From exciting talent Jennifer Kloester comes this fabulous story about high society, mistaken identity, love, betrayal, friendship – and great clothes.
It seems like ages ago that I entered a competition to win a signed copy of THE CINDERELLA MOMENT on a whim. I was interested in reading it, but not desperate for it because reading the summary it made me feel like it was a book I’d feel meh about. There was the chance that it could be amazing and become a nice, light book I’d reread and reread for fun, but after reading it I can say my first impression was correct.
THE CINDERELLA MOMENT reminds me of those romance chick flick teenage movies I don’t usually watch. A pauper to princess, let’s swap places with my rich best friend story. All these stories seem to have similar plot points and dilemmas, most kind of unbelievable. Every now and then the main character, Angel, would make a decision completely opposite to what you’d expect but 90% of the time you could tell where the story was going. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes it’s nice to read a light fluffy book like that and still enjoy it. The problem was I have no interest in fashion or anything.
I was mainly hanging out for the romance in this. Yes, I read a lot of fantasy and adventure books because I like fights and big conflicts, but a little romance-centric story is nice every now and then. Unfortunately, I didn’t love the romance in THE CINDERELLA MOMENT enough. It was so sappy at times and sappy is the one thing I cannot read unless I ship the characters ridiculously hard (in which case I will flail at anything they say to each other). Most of my dislike of this sappiness boils down to the fact that the characters had barely known each other for two weeks and were exchanging “I love you”. If they’d seen each other every day and really learnt a lot about each other, maybe then it wouldn’t be as annoying to me. Now let me say it wasn’t instalove however, it was just a romance that developed too quickly for my tastes. And Nick, the love interest, was actually a pretty good character so that was a big plus.
Despite being a typical chick flick type romance novel, I still found THE CINDERELLA MOMENT fairly enjoyable. It was a bit hard for me to invest myself in the plot as I have no interest in fashion or anything. There were also some generic characters and very predictable plot points. The main thing I wanted to enjoy in THE CINDERELLA MOMENT was the romance. While not being instalove, it did develop too quickly for my tastes which sucked because it had the potential to be really good.